Sylva I (Burnt),2019 Silkscreen on silver leaf 110 x 225 cm by Jan Hendrix

Garden events and things to do this month

Find out what events, open gardens and more are happening this month

There’s a whole host of events happening this month that should satisfy all your horticultural needs. Here’s our selection of what not to miss. This month we’re focusing on digital offerings, as we’re all in lockdown and the usual roster of galleries, gardens and more aren’t available. But don’t forget, many garden centres are still open, as are RHS gardens and more. See below for details. Have more to suggest? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Galanthus Mighty Atom Clan
© Jason Ingram

Tim Richardson, the story of Sissinghurst

A prerecorded talk hosted by author and writer Tim Richardson on the garden of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson. Garden historian Tim Richardson delves into the history of this unique garden, from its beginnings after Vita was exiled from her family home at Knole, through the transition into the hands of the National Trust. Tim is the author of Sissinghurst, The Dream Garden, published by Frances Lincoln.

The event costs £5 and the talk takes place at 6.30pm on 19 November

Seedscape: future proofing
Seedscape: future proofing

Seedscapes Symposium

An international online symposium of presentations and discussions inspired by the exhibition Seedscapes: Future-Proofing Nature, which has been closed until further notice due to the lockdown.  Artists Dornith Doherty, Sant Khalsa, Chrystel Lebas, Heidi Morstang, and Liz Orton join guest speakers Simran Sethi and Miranda Lowe for the event, which is chaired by Seedscapes curator Emeritus Professor Liz Wells, Impressions Director Anne McNeill, and Head of Programme Dr Pippa Oldfield. The Seedscapes Symposium is supported by The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

21 November 2020, from 2pm til 5pm

Patreon Garden Club with Lou Nicholls

Head gardener at Ulting Wick Lou Nicholls has set up a garden club through Patreon, where subscribers get one or more talks a month from various talents in horticulture, which can be either live or can be watched at your pleasure for up to 30 days. The next talk is on 24 November,  where Alison Levey, owner of the Blackberry Garden, will be talking about how she built her garden from scratch. Read more here. 

Live gardening Q&A

The National Botanic Garden of Wales is offering a free virtual Q&A session with the organisation’s horticultural trainer, Ben Wilde. You need to book in advance and email a maximum of two questions ahead of the session.

24 November, from 12 to 1300. Book here

Beautiful and Useful online craft fair at the Garden Museum

The annual craft fair at the Garden Museum has gone online this year over the 4 to 6 December. There will be 20 stallholders selling a host of different wares at the virtual marketplace, which is live until Sunday 6 December at 5pm.

4 to 6 December. For more information, head to the Garden Museum website

Things still open!

Garden centres

Don’t forget: many garden centres and nurseries are still open in lockdown. Check out our round up of garden centres open during lockdown.


Many gardens are also still open for people’s daily exercise throughout lockdown, including places such as the National Trust, RHS gardens and more. Discover where you can go.

Christmas light trails

While some Christmas light trails have understandably been cancelled, the RHS Glow walks are all still happening over lockdown and they will be absolutely worth heading out for. Here’s our round up of what’s still on. 

Events to come

Rooted in time: closed until further notices, in line with government guidance 

Dulwich Picture Gallery’s upcoming exhibition explores the history of photography through the subject of plants and botany. Unearthed: Photography’s Roots is the gallery’s first major photography exhibition and will include more than  100 images, many never exhibited before, from 35 international photographers. Arranged chronologically, with a focus on botany and science, the exhibition will highlight innovations from early pioneers, such as William Henry Fox Talbot, through works from
20th-century photographers including Imogen Cunningham to contemporary works from the likes of Richard Learoyd whose camera obscura still lifes, including his Large Poppies, 2019, evoke the still life paintings of the Dutch golden age.

The exhibition was due to open 21 November 2020 until 9 May 2021, but opening dates are TBC. Tickets cost £16.50 and must be booked in advance.

Sylva I (Burnt),2019 Silkscreen on silver leaf 110 x 225 cm by Jan Hendrix
Jan Hendrix’s Sylva I (Burnt), 2019

Paradise Lost: Closed until further notice in line with government guidance

The UK’s first solo exhibition of the work of artist Jan Hendrix is now on show at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. His exhibition Paradise Lost explores the beauty and fragility of the natural world, and in particular of the landscape of the Kamay Botany Bay National Park in Australia, which once teemed with endemic flora and fauna. Until 14 March, 10am-6pm. Entry to the exhibition is included in the garden’s admission price, but tickets must be booked in advance. A virtual tour of the exhibition is also available online. Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Richmond, London TW9 3AE. Tel 020 8332 5655,


All information is correct at time of going to press, but may be subject to change. Please be sure to check all opening times and advice on any local travel restrictions before travelling.